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Tortoise leaf beetle

Paropsisterna gloriosa


This delightful multicolored beetle looks like the canvas of a child artist. It has four yellow dots outlined in black and a yellow skirt. The back and eyebrows are red.


It has waited until the last day of 2013 to be discovered, a solitary beetle on a eucalyptus


A small ant was not pleased with its presence but they can tuck their antennae and toes under their shell, just like a tortoise and are not really bothered. One here found in Heyfield VIC another found in Wyanbebe NSW

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MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks Mark.
I understand that Tasmania has only nobilitata and not gloriosa or annularis so that link can lead you astray.
I's scary how many wrong things I 'knew'.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Your Tas link has Paropsisterna nobilitata... (with TonyD's approval) what do you think?

MartinL 10 years ago

I didn't check for that theory Mark. These colors certainly beg for an explanation.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Are you sure the ant didn't have a paintbrush in it's pocket?

MartinL 10 years ago

I was quite excited to see this Shanna. Its one beetle that I didn't expect to find. Last day of 2013 but well worth the wait.

ShannaB 10 years ago

Oh Martin, this one's an absolute corker. I'm so jealous!!!

MartinL 10 years ago

Thanks Reiko and Scott.
Happily there were no parasites, the ants just don't like sharing their space.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Well, that's the nature of nature...

RiekoS 10 years ago

I hope it is not a parasitic wasp to destroy this beautiful creature....

MartinL 10 years ago

Hey, Reiko, you've given me an idea.
Actually, I don't think I could paint it that well.

MartinL 10 years ago

Thanks Tom15
It sure is a spectacular one.
Here is its distribution map.

RiekoS 10 years ago

It looks like you have painted it. So very beautiful. Congratulation for your wonderful spotting.

MartinL 10 years ago

Thanks Lauren
Thanks Jason

Tom15 10 years ago

Great looking beetle! Looks like an artist designed it:-)

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 10 years ago

Awesome! The most colorful tortoise beetle I have known.. Thanks for sharing!

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Amazing! It does look just like it was colored with crayons by a child! Love it.

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 31, 2013
Submitted on Dec 31, 2013

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